Gowran Park played host to a weekend of open competitions in conjunction with launching our Membership Offers for 2013. The weekly Thursday Open Singles overlapped to Friday of last week and proved to be a major success. Competition was hot on the course with visiting golfers taking the major honours. Mountain View member Gary Ryan playing off 10 took victory with a great score of 43 pts while Danial O’Leary from New Ross playing off 13 took the runner-up spot 1 point further back on 42pts. Callan member Michael Rafter took 3rd position with 40 points while A. O’Connor from New Ross took the Back 9 prize with a good score of 21points.
The weekend continued with an Open Fourball on Sunday, and with a full timesheet competition was again very strong with all competitors complimentary of the course and how well it was playing. The winning scores reflected that with Gowran Park father and son pairing Joe and John Lannon taking the leading spot with a superb score of 47 points. The highlight of their round was an eagle for John on the doglegged par 4 6th hole. The Thomastown natives edged out visiting golfers Gearoid McGuire (Thurles) and Kevin Kenny (Slievenamon) into second place one point further back on 46 pts. Low handicappers Alan Harty (West Waterford) and Peter Mullaney (Dungarvan) both playing off 2 handicap took 3rd place on the day with a superb score of 45 points. Highlight of their round was a run of birdies from holes 6 to 8 and with no dropped shot the pair were 7 under on a gross score over the 18 holes. The weekend proved to be a great success and with the weather someway kind, all golfers enjoyed the facilities at Gowran and are looking forward to their next encounter on the fairways.
Open Singles – Thursday 13th & Friday 14th September
1st Gary Ryan Mountain View (10) 43 pts
2nd Daniel O’Leary New Ross (13) 42 pts
3rd Michael Rafter Callan (16 ) 40 pts
B9 A. O’Connor New Ross (16) 21 pts
Autumn Works Program on Greens
The Autumn program of hollow-coring and sanding of greens is to take place over the early days of next week. This essential work will help to maintain the good standard of greens ahead of the winter schedule.
Upcoming Open Fixtures – 2012 Open Autumn League
Thursday 11th October will see the launch of our very popular Autumn League 2012 – this Singles competition can be played every Thursday and/or Friday through October November and early December – 3 qualifiers and equals from each week will go forward to the grand final which will be held on Friday 14th December 2012. Entry fee €20.00 visitors €5.00 members.
Sunday 26th September RACING MEETING – No Golf
Ladies 18 Hole Stableford – 12th September 2012
1st – Sarah Murphy (28) 38pts
2nd – Anne Mullins (15) 36pts
The ladies matchplay draw has now taken place and is posted in the Ladies Locker room, 1st round to be played by Sunday 30th September.
All the ladies are looking forward to Lady Captain, Anne Mullins’ day out to Mount Wolseley on Friday 21st September, meet at 1.30pm for 2pm tee time.
For the first year Gowran have a mixed Foursomes Matchplay which has been very successful. The Scotch Foursomes format with the men playing off the blue tees has resulted in many close matches played in great spirit. It has now reached the quarter final stage, best of luck to all the remaining pairings.